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Behind the shot: Rodeo Beach

Behind the shot: Rodeo Beach

I thought I’d share a photo from this past week. This isn’t as much “how I took the shot” (though I’ll touch on that too), as the planning that went into the shot. (Doing research for when and where to shoot is one of my favorite evening activities…)

Documenting trail work

Documenting trail work

This past summer I volunteered for Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), a statewide nonprofit that engages volunteers in stewardship projects across the state.  This includes restoration work, invasive weed control, trail maintenance, new trail construction, and more.

Previously, I had photographed other trail work trips I had been on (see previous post, American Hiking Society (AHS) Annual Report Cover), but this was the first time where I got to primarily photograph, rather than primarily work while occasionally grabbing the camera for a quick shot. It was a fun change of pace (not that hard labor isn’t fun too!) and a good excuse to photograph something besides landscapes.

Behind the shot: Mills Lake flowers

Behind the shot: Mills Lake flowers

I don’t often do a lot of blending in PS (Photoshop) of my photographs, but when I was out recently in Rocky Mountain National Park I knew I would need to.

My goal in shooting this stream (shortly before sunrise) was to have both milky smooth water and sharp flowers. Since the former requires a longer exposure, the flowers are unlikely to stay perfectly still. Even on a very calm morning (which it was), the flow of the water itself would create a little breeze.

Behind the shot: Full moon over RMNP panoramic

Behind the shot: Full moon over RMNP panoramic

Originally posted on Facebook.

The below photograph was taken recently up in Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s a 10 shot panoramic at dawn as the moon was setting. While I don’t do a lot of panos I thought I’d post my process in case it gives others any ideas; if you have questions or additional ideas, please share as well!